Social Anxiety

Do you feel that everyone–except you–walks around feeling confident and self-assured? Do you feel anxious or isolated in social situations? Do you fear speaking in public? (Research shows that public speaking is the most-feared social situation for individuals.) Do you long to be accepted and understood? If so, you may be experiencing social anxiety. You are not alone–social anxiety is very common.

Everyone longs to be accepted, seen, and understood by others. We are social creatures, and to a certain degree, we all fear the experience of being socially alienated and isolated from others. Social anxiety disorder, however, can feel much more intense and debilitating than a need to be accepted. Lonely male student posing while his classmates are talking outsIt can interfere with your relationships, the quality of your work, your career, and your quality of life.

If you believe your anxiety around others is interfering with having meaningful and satisfying relationships, you might consider seeking treatment for social anxiety. We can help you develop skills that will enable you to overcome your anxiety, nurture relationships, and feel more confident and self-assured in social settings.

What are the signs?

  • Feeling nervous in social situations
  • Worrying about embarrassing or humiliating yourself in front of others
  • Ruminating about how others perceive you
  • Feeling insecure and inferior
  • Struggling with being authentic and acting spontaneously

 

We can help you:

  • Practice exposure
  • Develop social skills
  • Clarify your values in relationships
  • Challenge the negative thoughts and stories you’ve constructed about yourself
  • Behave authentically and genuinely with others
  • Create more satisfying and fulfilling relationships